car bomb

noun

Definition of car bomb

: an explosive device concealed in an automobile for use as a weapon of terrorism

Examples of car bomb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The men had contended that the shooting began when a car that matched the description of a possible car bomb would not slow down. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "White House announces 15 pre-Christmas pardons, including two tied to Mueller investigation and three former congressmen," 22 Dec. 2020 Daphne Caruana Galizia, a prominent journalist who reported on corruption and helped cover the Panama Papers, was killed in Malta in October 2017 by a car bomb near her house. Brett Haensel, Fortune, "These 10 journalists have been killed and deserve justice immediately," 2 Nov. 2020 The men had received intelligence reports that a white Kia might be used as a car bomb. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "'Egregious and disgusting': Trump's pardon of Blackwater contractors sparks outrage, warnings," 24 Dec. 2020 In 2005, for instance, Marines were accused of killing 24 unarmed men, women and children in the western town of Haditha in anger over a car bomb attack. Eric Tucker And Ellen Knickmeyer, chicagotribune.com, "Trump pardons in killings of Iraqi civilians by Blackwater employees stir international outcry," 23 Dec. 2020 Since 2018, al Shabab has conducted about 45 car bomb attacks in the capital of Mogadishu, killing more than 400 people. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "Anti-terrorist campaign in Somalia continues despite troop reduction," 14 Dec. 2020 The hit team deployed a car bomb, a machine gun, assault rifles, and two snipers on a barren rural road near the town of Absard, 40 miles east of Tehran. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, "In Iran, assassination shock spurs calls to rethink security," 3 Dec. 2020 Interior ministry spokesman Tariq Arian confirmed that there had been a car bomb blast but did not provide further information on the target or possible casualties. Cnn's Ehsan Popalzai And Reuters, CNN, "Car bomb kills at least 40 Afghan soldiers," 29 Nov. 2020 Daphne Caruana Galizia, a prominent journalist who reported on corruption and helped cover the Panama Papers, was killed in Malta in October 2017 by a car bomb near her house. Brett Haensel, Fortune, "These 10 journalists have been killed and deserve justice immediately," 2 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of car bomb

1923, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jan 2021

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“Car bomb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/car%20bomb. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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car bomb

noun

English Language Learners Definition of car bomb

: a bomb that is hidden inside or underneath a vehicle

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